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Youths gone missing after blast 
Despite claims, cops not convinced

Ludhiana, October 16
Even as the police was grappling with the investigation into the Shingaar cinema blast, 11 youths, who had gone missing from the cinema, have become another major mystery for it to unravel.

Cinema staff grilled
Ludhiana, October 16
Police officials today grilled 15 members of the Shingaar cinema support staff for hours together inside the hall to get some clue about the persons who planted the bomb. The state police has summoned former terrorists, arms dealers and the persons who had given them shelter to enquire about their activities of late.

What activated the bomb?
Ludhiana, October 16
A thorough search of the Shingaar cinema has been carried out, the bodies have been examined in the post-mortem room, the injured have been x-rayed. However, still there has been no clue to the vital “firing device” that activated the bomb in the cinema.
Video: Migrant labourers scared. (56k)

Sub-panel for reversing orders by Boparai
Patiala, October 16
A sub-committee formed by the Punjabi University Syndicate has recommended the reversal of most of the controversial decisions taken by vice-chancellor Swarn Singh Boparai during the past five years of his stint.



Delhi panel takes back Bir consignment
Amritsar, October 16
The Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) had to take back a consignment of 100 Birs of the holy Guru Granth Sahib from Mumbai port, which was being sent to Canada in alleged violation of Sikh maryada.



CPI seeks all-party meeting
Sangrur, October 16
The Communist Party of India (CPI) today asked the Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to convene an all-party meeting to discuss the Shingaar bombing at length for maintaining communal harmony, peace, unity and integration in the country as well as in the state.

MLA Sidhu hobnobbing with BJP: Gharuan
Mohali, October 16
Launching an attack on the Congress MLA from the Kharar constituency, Balbir Singh Sidhu, a former Congress minister, Harnek Singh Gharuan said Sidhu was allegedly getting every kind of support from an Akali party and had even fought the earlier assembly elections as a rebel.


Dalits allege attempt to grab land
Abohar, October 16
Dalit residents of Killianwali village, which is situated at a distance of 5 km from here, met DSP Parampal Singh here and faxed complaints to the deputy commissioner, Ferozepur, today. They alleged in the complaints that some political activists were not allowing them to construct houses on the land allotted to them during the tenure of the Congress government.

MLAs in for bonanza
Chandigarh, October 16
Legislators in Punjab may be allowed more “facilities, better salaries and perks.” Yes, in these times of financial crisis, when every rupee counts, demands put forward on behalf of the MLAs in the state includes a hike in salaries and telephone allowance, doubling of travelling allowance, fresh allowance for electricity bills, provision for laptops and an increase in the quantum of fuel for vehicles, among other things.

Drug Abuse in Malwa
Drive to plug smuggling routes
Bathinda, October 16
Alarmed by a sharp increase in the incidence of drug abuse by youngsters in the Malwa region, the authorities have launched a drive to plug smuggling routes along the state’s borders with Haryana and Rajasthan.
A coordination committee consisting of district police chiefs of Sriganganagar and Hamumangarh in Rajasthan, Sirsa in Haryana

DIG, Faridkot Range, Dr Jatinder Jain
DIG, Faridkot Range, Dr Jatinder Jain

Day of dharnas, blockades
Patiala, October 16
It was a day of dharnas and traffic blockades in the city here today. The field and workshop workers’ unions of the departments of water supply, irrigation, drainage and sewerage blocked traffic.
A scene of Ramlila in Amritsar
A scene of Ramlila in Amritsar on Monday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

PRTC staff seek uniforms
Bathinda, October 16
Nearly 200 employees of the PRTC protested outside the local bus stand demanding supply of uniforms to bus drivers and conductors today.

Cell to probe cases of vendetta
Chandigarh, October 16
After having faced allegations of registering police cases to target leaders of opposition parties, the Punjab Police has now appointed a DIG-level official to look into all such complaints. A formal order has been issued and the functions of the cell will be known in day or two, confirmed sources in the police.

Cops strive to identify unclaimed body
Ludhiana, October 16
Teams of the city police today visited every nook and corner of the city to find clue to the identity of one of the victims of the Shingaar cinema blast. Cops carried his picture all around the city, especially in the pockets where migrant labourers live in large numbers.


Mobile court faces lawyers’ protest
Hoshiarpur, October 16
Lawyers of district courts of Hoshiarpur, Dasuya and Garhshankar continued their strike for the second consecutive day today. The strike is intended to push the demand of Bar Association, Dasuya, for discontinuing the mobile court started at Talwara in Dasuya sub-division on October 2.


Border farmers stage dharna
Amritsar, October 16
Farmers under the banner of the Border Sangarsh Committee, Punjab, today held a dharna in front of the Border Security Force headquarters and raised slogans against the BSF authorities to highlght problems faced by them.


Moga SSP shifted
Chandigarh, October 16
The Punjab Government today transferred Davinder Singh, SSP, Moga on “administrative grounds” with immediate effect.


Pak national shot; bid to smuggle heroin
Naushehra Dhalla (Indo-Pak border), October 16
A jawan of the BSF signal to Pakistan Rangers for a flag meeting at zero line India lodged a strong protest with Pakistan at an emergency flag meeting of the BSF and Pakistan Rangers here today. The meeting was necessitated following an attempt of an unidentified Pakistani smuggler to throw 14 packets of heroin worth Rs 14 crore to the Indian side from across the border fencing. Alert BSF jawans killed the smuggler while his accomplice, who suffered injuries in the firing, escaped.

A jawan of the BSF signal to Pakistan Rangers for a flag meeting at zero line on Tuesday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

PPCC vice-chief held with opium
Faridkot, October 16
The police held vice-president of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) Veena Sharma and five others, including her husband and son, with 2 kg opium and Rs 45,000 in cash here today.

Rape Charge
Dept probe says ASI not guilty

Kharar, October 16
ASI Balwinder Singh at the police station here, accused of rape by a Manali girl, has been found not guilty by a departmental inquiry.


Chief Khalsa Dewan varsity soon
Amritsar, October 16
The Chief Khalsa Dewan Educational Committee will soon establish a university of Chief Khalsa Dewan to mark the 300th year of Gurgaddi Diwas of Guru Granth Sahib.

Stud farming allures farmers.


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